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Reviewed 17 March 2015

I have spent several nights in top 5 star hotels all around the World, in different continents but never seen a place like this. The surroundings are incredible. The pictures added dont really makes the place justice, as it at least ten times More beautiful in reality.

The staff is super friendly, especially the manager who takes good care of both his guests and his fellow Workers. They will make sure Your Stay is top notch, and the service is incredible. For example, they wake you up with a cup of tea in the morning. Its welcoming.

Enjoy the view at The amazing pool. Take a tea in the garden, take a walk among the beautiful tea plantages. Its breathtaking!

To be honest, Im definitley coming back soon. And i can recomend this place. In my book the Hotel is above 5 Stars, thanks to everything together that makes it Magical.

Date of stay: March 2015
Trip type: Travelled solo
3  Thank MichaelKallback
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Reviewed 28 February 2015 via mobile

If you want to visit the tea plantations and surrounding areas and are ok with the windy roads from kandy then this is the place for you.
The path to the hotel is for a 4 x 4
However it is worth the potholes.
Beautiful bungalow awaits.
As we were only guests we were upgraded to master suite .lovely size room with seperate roll top bath.
Only drawback no air con and fan was ok.
Staff very helpful and nothing to much trouble for them.
Always smiling.
Had proper afternoon tea and scones-lovely.
We chose western dinner which was 3 courses beautifully presented.
Infinity pool looked nice as was raining so could not swim in it
Definitely worth staying as so peaceful.

Date of stay: March 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank yal5
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Reviewed 26 February 2015

An hour or so south of Kandy, the house sits atop a bumpy, winding track flanked with hand-painted (and sometimes contradictory!) motivational slogans for the tea-pickers. The house itself is a welcome sight, a little slice of Britain amid stunning scenery, with liveried staff attending to your every need.

After a while, we were left unsure whether we were getting good service, or just a lot of service. There were times when I'd sooner have been left alone! They could also be a little bossy about meal times.

The whole house lacks air conditioning and although the altitude makes the area cooler than lower areas, it is still very humid. Our room had a floor-standing fan which was noisy but necessary. The bed was comfortable and the room spacious, while the bathroom was rather olde worlde. Plenty of water pressure from the over-bath shower but barely any water pressure from the sink taps.

There are a couple of drawing rooms, one with a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill! The diningroom continued the British country house theme but with a truly appalling still life painting dominating one wall.

The unheated swimming infinity pool is in about as stunning a spot as you could hope for. There's also a pool/snooker table with cues in dire need of replacement. Wifi is slow and limited to the diningroom and immediate surroundings.

It is possible to visit the estate's tea factory, though viewed the neighbouring factory which has a visitor centre. There's also a pleasant waterfall nearby.

Meals at the house were adequate, and somewhat bland. The Sri Lankan dinner option was very much toned down to avoid offending the Western palate, which rather defeats the object of trying Sri Lankan cuisine.

All in all, it was a bit like staying with my great-grandparents circa 1910.

Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 February 2015

There are many good hotels, there are a few spectacular hotels, But once in a very long while there is a location that is so special that it must be truly hidden.
And the Lavender House is truly a hidden Gem. To find it you must travel some 30 plus Km up a road that will give any true sports rally driver a high of adrenaline. Through hills and vistas to take your breath away. And then to make sure that this Gem is hidden you need to make your way up a path that can only be joking noted as a road. Make sure you bring a four wheel drive.
Now you are confronted with the manicured rolling green of the tea plantation with blue grey hills as a back ground.
The hotel is much less of a hotel and more of fabulous home. For this is the 150 year old home of the owner of the tea plantation. Any words that I could come up with would fall short of describing the house!
The service given is second to none. In fact my personal experience was such that I have never had better service in all of my travels.
If you are wanting to find a location that will quiet your soul to move for a day or a week away from the internet and into the gentle life, this is a true hidden gem

Room tip: There are no poor rooms but if you want to go for the ultimate go for the owners bedroom over looking the infinity pool, rolling tea and blue grey hills.
Date of stay: February 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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1  Thank Les R
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Reviewed 31 January 2015

We spent two nights at this lovely home converted to a boutique hotel high in the tea country. We had two rooms and both were large, airy, clean and beautifully furnished with huge four poster beds. We did the half board option and the food was lovely - always a Sri Lankan choice and a western choice. WE took the Sri Lankan menu both breakfast and dinner on the 'when in Rome...." principle and weren't disappointed. There's a lovely infinity edge pool overlooking trees and tea plantations and our early morning swim was a highlight - the outlook shrouded in early morning mist as we arrived which slowly lifted to reveal a panoramic outlook. The staff were attentive and welcoming. It's quite a way out of Kandy and not really designed for frenetic tourism or exploring the wider area - more a relaxing stopover where you can do some lovely walks in the tea plantations but otherwise just enjoy relaxing.

Date of stay: December 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank deverard
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